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For Release: Monday, December 4, 2017

DEC Announces Lifeguard Qualifying Procedures Begin Jan. 20, 2018

Qualifying Procedures Offered through June 30, 2018

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today that lifeguard qualifying procedures will begin on Jan. 20, 2018. DEC encourages anyone that loves the outdoors and camping and is looking for summer employment to take one of the agency's free lifeguard qualifying procedures.


Seasonal lifeguard positions are available in DEC campgrounds throughout the beautiful Adirondack and Catskill parks this summer. The current hourly rate for DEC lifeguards is $13.27, and most facilities offer free housing.


Individuals 16 and older interested in lifeguard jobs at DEC facilities this summer may register. DEC qualifying procedures will be offered through June 30, 2018. Candidates who qualify will be considered for employment. The procedure includes an in-water demonstration of lifesaving techniques and performance of Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) skills. Candidates may attend the DEC qualifying location most convenient to them, and the results will be forwarded to their preferred work location.

At the time of employment, DEC lifeguards must:

  • Be at least 16 years old;
  • Possess a valid certification in Waterfront Lifeguarding, CPR for the Professional Rescuer and Healthcare Provider, and First Aid (if not included in the lifeguard training course);
  • Have successfully completed the New York State DEC lifeguard qualifying procedure;
  • Submitted a current certification of the candidate's physical ability to perform lifeguard duties;
  • Meet the vision requirement of 20/70 uncorrected in both eyes and be correctable to the 20/40 standard. Candidates tested at a vision level below 20/40 in either one or both eyes must correct to a minimum of 20/40 with 20/20 preferred;
  • Have completed a personal interview with DEC; and
  • Have attended a DEC lifeguard orientation.
  • Qualifying procedures will begin on time and late arrivals will not be accepted. Candidates will be given a 15 minute warm-up period to become familiar with the pool and equipment. Candidates must bring photo identification, current certifications (if available), and their own CPR mask.

Below is a list of the 2018 qualifying dates and locations:

2018 Dates and Locations
Date Time Location Address City
Saturday, January 20th 9:00 AM Lynch Literacy Academy 55 Brandt Place Amsterdam
Saturday, February 10th 4:00 PM Catskill Recreation Center 651 County Hwy 38 Arkville
Saturday, February 24th 9:00 AM Gloversville Middle School 234 Lincoln Street Gloversville
Sunday, March 18th 2:00 PM Glens Falls High School 15 Quade Street Glens Falls
Friday, March 23rd 5:00 PM Catskill Recreation Center 651 County Hwy 38 Arkville
Saturday, March 24th 9:00 AM Holland Patent High School 8079 Thomson Road Holland Patent
Sunday, March 25th 2:00 PM Paul Smith's College, Saunders Sports Complex Route 30 Saranac Lake
Sunday, April 15th 2:00 PM Moriah Central School 39 Viking Lane Port Henry
Saturday, April 21st 9:00 AM Gloversville Middle School 234 Lincoln Street Gloversville
Sunday, April 29th 9:00 AM SUNY Delhi, Kensula Hall 2 Main Street Delhi
Saturday, May 5th 9:00 AM South Lewis Central School 4264 East Road Turin
Saturday, May 19th 9:00 AM Queensbury Elementary School 431 Aviation Road Queensbury
Saturday, June 2nd 9:00 AM Lynch Literacy Academy 55 Brandt Place Amsterdam
Sunday, June 10th 9:00 AM Paul Smith's College, Saunders Sports Complex Route 30 Saranac lake
Saturday, June 30th 4:00 PM Catskill Recreation Center 651 County Hwy 38 Arkville

DEC reserves the right to cancel any of the above.

Certification courses may be available through DEC. For more information, updates, or to pre-register, call 518-457-2500 ext. #1, e-mail DEC at Info.LifeGuard@dec.ny.gov, or visit DEC's website.

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